University offers meditation grave for students to deal with exam pressure

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Exam season is probably the most stressful time of the year for students. We’ve even seen a growing Twitter trend where people send their loved ones “exam care packages” to deal with the pressure. But one Dutch university is taking things to the next level by offering its student a meditation grave to deal with exam stress and anxiety.

The grave is located right behind the student chapel at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and although not yet operational – and some finding the idea taboo – the grave experience already has a growing list of students clamoring for a turn.

From therapy-dog sessions to mindfulness meetings, universities in the world over employ a range of methods to help their students cope with stress, but surely nothing can top the strangeness of this university’s approach, the Mirror reports.

The grave sports a sign that reads “stay weird , and includes a yoga mat and blanket for comfort. It can be booked for periods of 30 minutes to three hours.

“Me and my housemate were planning on going a week ago, a week and a half ago, and we found that there is a waiting list to actually get into the grave,” said student Sean McLaughlin. “So it’s quite popular, so we didn’t get the chance yet, but I plan to go sometime soon whenever I move up,” ABC Newsgh reports.

The brains behind the project, John Hacking, explained that the grave served to remind students to appreciate their time on Earth. “The end of life, death, is a taboo – difficult for students. Death is very difficult to talk about, especially when you are 18, 19, 20 years old,” John said.